THE BAND

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Alexei Raymar
Sergei Metalheart
Sergei Dmitrik
Oleg Aryutkin
Assaf Markowitz
Vocals Guitar Bass Keyboards Drums

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DESERT‘s sound is best labeled as Dark Epic Metal. Coming from Israel, the band’s name was chosen for a reason – it was located in the middle of biblical sands where Moses has led his people to the Promised Land ages ago. Set up in 2002 as a power metal act, it has since expanded its musical palette, mixing in some darker colors to go with power and epic metal glitter. During those years 2 EP’s were released – “The Way To Honor”(2004) and “Prophecy Of The Madman”(2006), followed by the first full length studio album “Star Of Delusive Hopes” (2011), which was released by the Greek label Sleaszy Rider Records . The album was recorded and produced by Nick Savio (Hollow Haze, White Skull) at Remaster Studio in Vicenza (Italy). Mix and mastering were done by Andy La Roque – a legendary guitarist of King Diamond at Sonic Train Studio in Varberg (Sweden). The internet single “Lament for Soldier’s Glory”, featuring a guest performance by Joakim Broden, the lead singer of SABATON, received an instant recognition by fans and press both in Israel and worldwide.

Through the years the band became known in Israel and abroad for it’s energetic heavy metal show, well-rehearsed with great attention to both musical and visual elements of the performance, constantly aiming to outperform themselves.

DESERT has been gigging various venues ranging from small clubs to international open-air festivals, sharing bills with acts like SABATON, GRAVE DIGGER, DRACONIAN, NIGHTMARE, TIM RIPPER OWENS, ELUVEITIE, DARK TRANQUILITY, ELVENKING. As a part of “Star Of Delusive Hopes” tour, DESERT also performed on the venues of biggest festivals in Europe, such as Sabaton Open Air -Rockstad: Falun (Sweden), Ayia Napa Youth Festival (Cyprus) and TOTAL METAL FESTIVAL (Italy), where shared the main stage with HELLOWEEN, SABATON, STRATOVARIUS, DREAM EVIL, PAIN, ROTTING CHRIST, SCAR SYMMETRY, FREEDOM CALL,MOONSPELL, ANNIHILATOR, ENTOMBED, BEHEMOTH, KREATOR, VAN CANTO, DECAPITATED and many others.

Inspired by the successful “Star Of Delusive Hopes”, the band spent two years producing the second full length album, later named as “Never Regret”. The album was produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Alex Zvulun (THE FADING) at A.G. Studio in Tel-Aviv. Just like for previous album, the cover artwork was done by a great Brazilian artist Jobert Mello from SLEDGEHAMMER GRAPHIX – well known by his work with SABATON, PRIMAL FEAR, GRAVE DIGGER and many others. Ralf Scheepers – the legendary voice of PRIMAL FEAR and GAMMA RAY, contributed his voice to one of the tracks on the album – the evil and powerful story of the “1812”. Besides that, few guest musicians took part on this album – Infy (female vocals), Merry Ann Genin (violin) and Alex Zvulun (guitars).

The year 2015 opens new chapter for DESERT with the release of it’s second studio album, “Never Regret” (to be released on March 30, 2015). The album, featuring bigger, heavier sound, mixing epic themes with dark, aggressive riffs, huge choirs and orchestras with ultra-fast solos – marks a new level of sound and storytelling for the band. Following the success of Desert’s previous record “Star Of Delusive Hopes”, which had received great response by fans and press worldwide, “Never Regret” was recorded, mixed and mastered at A.G. Studio in Tel-Aviv, Israel, with the producer Alex Zvulun.
The artwork was done, as usual, by the great Brazilian artist Jobert Mello (SledgeHammer Graphix) – the one who stands behind the artworks of Sabaton, Primal Fear, Grave Digger, Leave’s Eyes and many others.
The album line-up features guest appearances by great musicians such as:

Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, ex-Gamma Ray) – lead vocals
Infy Snow – female lead vocals
Alex Zvulun (The Fading) – lead guitars
Merry Ann Genin- violin

Desert’s lead singer Alexei Raymar comments:
“I’m really thrilled about finally being able to present to all of you the final result of our 2 years intensive work! “Never Regret” includes 11 tracks, and expanding on the musical direction of our previous record – 11 great, dark, heavy and epic masterpieces will show off all our ideas, creativity and passion along with more skills, maturity and a solid concept. Tearing and screaming guitars, bombastic choruses, epic keyboards and even cinematic elements – that’s “Never Regret” sounds like. Lyrically, the album continues to explore the themes of courage, struggle for freedom and justice, depicts dramatic stories based on real and fictional heroes.
Use your imagination and prepare yourself for the experience you’ve never heard before from DESERT!!!”

The “Never Regret” album release show took part in march 2015 by a huge show with a very special guests as Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Chris Boltendahl (Grave Digger) and Yossi Sassi. This show also was a start for a massive “Never Regret” tour which went thru 2015 and 2016 and consisted 50 shows in 15 countries as a headline act and as a support act for band like Sabaton, Battle Beast, Civil War, Circle II Circle, Elvenking, Serenity, Moonspell and Mystic Prophecy.
The 2017 year is on the sign of working on the new album and continuous massive touring.